PhD scholarships in Law
University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law

Vacant PhD scholarships at the Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen hereby announces a number of fully funded PhD positions to commence in September 2020.  

Founded in 1479 as one of the four original faculties of the University of Copenhagen, the Faculty of Law boasts a long-standing reputation for excellence in teaching and research. The Faculty offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degree programmes in law. Through research-based education the Faculty ensures that law graduates acquire the necessary skills to succeed in their legal careers in the private or public sector both at home and abroad. With 5000 undergraduate and graduate students, over 60 PhD fellows, and an academic staff of more than 80 members, the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen is a vibrant, diverse and intellectually stimulating academic environment.  

The PhD Programme   
The goal of the PhD Programme is threefold: to prepare candidates for a continuing career in teaching and research; to educate a new generation of scholars to produce high-quality independent research; and to equip them with the analytical and problem-solving skills required for a successful career in both the public and private sectors.   

The Faculty of Law offers supervision by highly qualified academics and provides an excellent opportunity to research contemporary legal issues in an intellectually stimulating environment. 

The Faculty of Law welcomes both original project proposals and proposals for PhD projects falling within the framework projects of the Research Centres. Please follow the links below to find information about PhD topics.

  • The Global Sites of International Criminal Justice (JustSites)
  • European Constitutional Imaginaries: Utopias, Ideologies and the Other (ERC Project IMAGINE)
  • Retlig regulering af boligmarkedet i Danmark. In Danish only.
  • PhD topics at iCourts - Centre of Excellence for International Courts
  • PhD topics at CeBIL - Centre for Advanced studies in Biomedical Innovation Law
  • PhD topics at CECS - Centre for European and Comparative Legal Studies
  • PhD topics at CEVIA - Centre for Enterprise Liability
  • PhD topics at CIIR - Centre for Information and Innovation Law
  • PhD topics at CILCC - Centre for international law, Conflict and Crisis
  • PhD topics at CIS – Centre for interdisciplinary Studies of Law
  • PhD topics at CME - Centre for Market and Economic Law In Danish In English
  • PhD topics at CORA - Centre for Public Regulation and Administration In Danish In English
  • PhD topics at WELMA - Legal Studies in Welfare and Market In Danish In English

Successful PhD candidates are required to:  

  • Actively engage in the research environment at the University of Copenhagen; participate in international conferences, courses and meetings relevant to their research project; 
  • Comply with the formal requirements of the PhD programme;
  • Contribute to teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in Danish or English offered by the Faculty of Law 
  • Conduct independent and high quality research under the supervision of a senior member of academic staff at the Faculty.

Joint PhD programme in cooperation with the University of Iceland

The Faculty of Law has a joint PhD programme in cooperation with the Faculty of Law at the University of Iceland. Applicants interested in the Joint PhD Programme are kindly asked to state that they apply for the joint PhD programme when submitting the application. Please find more information here

The PhD study programme
In order to be eligible for the 3 year PhD scholarship the applicant must have obtained a degree that corresponds to a Danish Master’s degree (2 years of full-time studies/120 ECTS). PhD students are paid a salary in accordance with the agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (AC). The salary range starts at DKK 27.362 per month before taxes. The PhD student has a work obligation of up to 840 hours over the 3 years period of time without additional pay. The work obligation can include for instance teaching. 

It is possible to start the PhD study while studying for your Master’s degree, for example by signing up for one of the flexible PhD schemes (also called the 3+5 or 4+4 schemes).

On the 3+5 scheme you are simultaneously enrolled in the Master's programme and the PhD programme after obtaining your Bachelor’s degree and you would normally be expected to complete your Master’s after three years. You will receive one grant portion through the Danish State Education Grant and Loan Scheme each month for the first two year of the programme, and two portions each month during the third year. One state education grant is DKK. 6.166 before taxes. By the end of these three years you must complete your Master’s degree, and you will transfer to the two year salary earning part of the programme.

On the 4+4 scheme you start 12 months after the beginning of your Masters' studies. If your Master’s degree is a one-year Master’s degree you will also be enrolled in the 4+4 scheme. If you are admitted on the 4+4 scheme, you would normally have to complete your Master’s in two years. You will receive two grant portions through the Danish State Education Grant and Loan Scheme each month for the first two year of the programme. Upon completion of the Master’s degree you transfer to the two year salary earning part of the programme. 


  • Applicants must have obtained a degree that corresponds to the Danish Master of Laws or equivalent qualifications. Please visit for more information. Applicants must have obtained a minimum overall grade average of 8.2 or above at the Master’s level in accordance with the Danish grading scale (for Danish scale, see here) as well as a master’s thesis graded at 10 points or higher (or equivalent for applicants with a foreign educational background). Applicants for the integrated 3+5 PhD programme must have obtained a degree that corresponds to the Danish Bachelor of Laws (180 ECTS) or equivalent qualifications. Applicants for the integrated 4+4 PhD programme must have obtained a degree that corresponds to the Danish Bachelor of Laws (180 ECTS) plus 60 ECTS of the Master degree/ a 1-year Master’s degree.
  • Applicants may submit their application before they have completed their Master’s degree (or, for applicants for the integrated 3+5 PhD programme, before they have earned the Bachelor’s degree), however, they should have submitted the final evaluation for their course before 1 June 2020. 
  • Applicants must document an aptitude for research through the meritorious assessment of their final thesis, publications or academic recommendations in order to show that they are capable of undertaking the demanding task of writing a PhD thesis. 
  • Applicants must have excellent language skills in English and have excellent communications skills. Applicants must be able to teach at an academic level in Danish or English and to follow PhD courses in English. Documentation of English level can for instance be documented by an excellent IELTS or TOEFL test. Please note that the 3+5 programme has special language requirements. More information is available here:  

Application procedure 
Upload the application using the provided link in the job announcement on Click on “Apply now”, choose centre/project and you will be taken to the online application form. If you submit an original project proposal on a topic not listed above please choose: “Apply with an original project proposal” Please notice that only one application can be submitted.

We advise you to have the following documents ready before you begin your online application:  

  • Research project proposal. This should include the following: (1) objective(s) of the research, (2) major research questions, (3) review of relevant literature, (4) methodology to be applied in the research, and (5) a timetable that plans for all course requirements to have been met within three years. The project description must elaborate on the value of the proposed research project in terms of its relevance to existing and future research in the field. The project description (excluding bibliography) must not exceed 14,000 characters excluding spaces.
  • Curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages). 
  • Diplomas and transcripts. Certified copies of original diploma(s) and transcripts (both Bachelor’s and Master’s degree) in the original language and an authorized English translation if they are issued in other language than English or Danish. 
  • Grading scale. A certified explanation of grading scale in the original language and an authorized English translation if it is available in other language than English or Danish. 
  • Supervisor. The name of a member of academic staff whom you wish to have assigned as your supervisor. You do not need to contact the supervisor but simply make a request in your application. 
  • Letter of motivation.  Explaining the choice of the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen as a host institution for the proposed project and outlines how the project fits within the research priorities at the Faculty (maximum 1 page). 
  • Documentation of English level. Documentation of English level can for instance be documented by an excellent IELTS or TOEFL test.   

Submit your application electronically in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or English.   

University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the surrounding society and therefore encourages all interested parties regardless of personal background to apply for the position.

The recruitment process 
Following the application deadline the Associate Dean of Research will pre-select PhD applications that will proceed to the assessment stage upon the recommendation of the Appointment Committee. Applicants are pre-selected for further assessment in line with the Faculty’s recruitment needs as described in this job advertisement. This is carried out based on the overall assessment of the applicant’s educational qualifications, the quality of the submitted research proposal and its relevance to the Faculty’s research agenda, and other relevant qualifications (e.g. relevant professional experience, any previous academic publications etc.). 

All applicants are then notified by the HR Centre as to whether their application has proceeded to the assessment stage. This assessment is carried out by an expert assessment committee. Selected applicants will be notified of the composition of the assessment committee. When the committee has completed its assessment, each applicant has the opportunity to comment on the assessment. A number of qualified applicants will be invited for an interview. 

Terms of employment
Successful candidates will be employed in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations and the Ministry of Finance concerning the salary of PhD students. If you are offered a PhD position, you will receive a regular monthly salary in accordance with Danish law and you will be entitled to an annual research budget. The Faculty does not provide accommodation. 

General information can be found on the Faculty’s website or by contacting the PhD administration by mail to   

Closing date for applications 
The closing date for applications is 20 January 2020, 23:59 CET   

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. If all the required documents are not applied, your application will be rejected. 

Interviews are expected to take place in May. 




Part of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU), and among Europe’s top-ranking universities, the University of Copenhagen promotes research and teaching of the highest international standard. Rich in tradition and modern in outlook, the University gives students and staff the opportunity to cultivate their talent in an ambitious and informal environment. An effective organisation – with good working conditions and a collaborative work culture – creates the ideal framework for a successful academic career.


Application deadline: 20-01-2020
Employment start: 01-09-2020
Department/Location: The Faculty of Law

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